Société De Transport De L'Outaouais - History


  • Before 1971, Public Transit in Gatineau was operated by the private sector. The company had 42 buses to serve 11 million clients in 1956, number reduced to 2.5 million clients in 1971.
  • In 1969, the law on the Regional Outaouais Community (Communauté régionale de l'Outaouais) is adopted. In 1971, the Commission de transport de la communauté régionale de l'Outaouais (CTCRO) was created. In 1972, the CTCRO acquired their administrative headquarters, adopted their logo and official colours and for an amount of $2.25 million buys all three public transit companies operating in the region (Transport urbain de Hull, Transport Hull métropolitain, Transport d'écoliers du nord de l'Outaouais).
  • In 1973, the CTCRO creates an agreement with OC Transpo, to make the transfers between the two services easier.
  • In 1991, CRCRO becomes la Société de transport de l'Outaouais (STO)
  • In 1996, the STO celebrated its 25th anniversary. On a day, passengers were charged only 25 cents for one trip.
  • In 1998, the STO was named the Canadian public transit operator of the year by the Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA). It was at the same year that the company introduced a smart-card fare system, making it the first company not only in the Americas but the entire Western Hemisphere to have a smart-card system. Paper card bus passes were gradually retired until its official end in 2004 when smart cards became the exclusive bus pass.
  • In 2002, the STO introduced its first fleet of low-floor buses from NovaBus. From this year forward, the company purchased low-floor only buses.
  • In 2003, the STO have announced plans to build a bus-only roadway similar to OC Transpo's transitway in Ottawa, called the Rapibus. Currently under environmental assessments, the project is expected to be completed by 2011.
  • In 2005, the STO announced a strategic plan for the period 2005–2015 in which they are projecting a ridership of 21 million by 2015 up from 16.3 million in 2006. Ridership from 1995 to 2006 had grown about 50% . In addition to the Rapibus, the STO is planning on increasing the number of park and ride facilities across the city as well as the introduction of bike racks, the expansion or addition of garages, fleet expansion and a pilot project with routes increasing accessibility to people with reduced mobility.

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